Polymers and soft materials news, August 2019

Researchers have found a way to use 3D printing to stretch and flatten twisted conjugated polymers so that they conduct electricity better.

A thin film of polymer microspheres that reflects light in intriguing ways could be used to make road signs that shine brightly and change color at night.

A new system comprising a polymer/aluminum film in a solar 'shelter' can help cool buildings in crowded cities without consuming electricity.

Researchers have found a way to forecast likely points of failure in 2D disordered lattices without needing to study detailed states of the material.

Sulfonated, charged multiblock thermoplastic elastomers as self-sterilizing materials.

Only about five phases have been discovered in the simplest block copolymers, but researchers have now found a new one.

Graphene membranes covered in polymeric chains are better at capturing carbon dioxide than previous high-performance membranes.

direct laser writing approach can print such shape-changing 3D polymer micromachines in a single step

Flexible sensor array mimics some of the tactile properties of human skin

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